Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of Act II, Victor and Sibyl walk into Amanda's apartment to find what?

2. What appears to have been a contributing factor to Elyot and Amanda's jealousy during their marriage?

3. What is Amanda wearing in Act II?

4. During their final fight, what does Amanda say she'd rather do than marry Elyot?

5. How does Amanda refer to hormones?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

2. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

3. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

4. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

5. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

6. After Amanda and Elyot make up during the "triple Sollocks," what happens that brings their happy mood down again and why?

7. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

8. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

9. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

10. What do the reactions of Victor and Sibyl to the spectacle of Amanda and Elyot fighting suggest about their personalities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda and Elyot appear to be stuck in a never-ending cycle of love and hate. Is this tragic, comedic, or both? Why? Is it within the grasp of their character to be able to escape? Do you believe they want to escape? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Is it important that these characters are rich and upper-class? How would this play have changed if Amanda and Elyot were not as rich as they are written? Is the glamor and sophistication absolutely necessary? How does it affect the fights? Do you believe that this is meant to be a statement on the behaviors of the upper-class? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

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